About Earthcare

EARTHCARE ENTERPRISES is a partnership based in Maleny and at 'Crystal Waters Eco-Village' in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, south-east Queensland. We are involved in the exploration, research & development of new species of plants & animals with economic potential, as well as, Permaculture design, consultancy & education.

Species we are currently propagating and developing include; Bamboos, Water plants - Chinese Waterchestnuts, varieties of Lotus & Arrowhead; Root crops - Taros, Tannias, Yams, Cassava, Arrowroot & Asian spices of the Ginger family ZINGIBERACEAE; miscellaneous fruits, herbs and spices. Many of these species, except for our most recent acquisitions, are sold as plants through the nursery and some are also supplied as fresh foods to restaurants & retailers, notably Mioga ginger & Moso Bamboo shoots.

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About Hans Erken

Some history and background information on Hans' experience with bamboo & Permaculture

Hans completed a Permaculture Design certificate course in 1979 and was awarded a Diploma of Permaculture Design in 1984 for applied work in the fields of :- design consulting, site development, nursery work, education and community projects. In 1984 he led a team that convened and ran the 1st International Permaculture Conference at Pappinbarra, NSW. In 1992 he was awarded The Permaculture Community Service Award - awarded by the Permaculture Institute for "vision & work forming an essential & selfless contribution to the promotion of Permaculture locally & globally and toward the healing of the planet".

In 1985 he founded the Australian Bamboo Network and published its newsletter for 4 years. He maintains a large collection of useful species and has been researching their viability for Australian conditions through growing trials since the early ‘80s. He has held numerous workshops on bamboo cultivation and use.

He was the first in Australia to successfully produce & market tropical & temperate bamboo shoots & other Asian vegetables, principally PHYLLOSTACHYS heterocycla var. pubescens & BAMBUSA oldhamii, Lotus, Chinese Waterchestnuts & various ginger spices. The quality of his produce has gained him the clientele of a number of 1st class restaurants in Sydney, Melbourne & Noosa Heads.

He has run a wholesale/retail nursery of aquatics, bamboo, ginger family spices and other food plants for the last 25yrs. He has travelled Indonesia extensively in search of new species to import to Australia. He is a founding member and president of the “Bamboo Society of Australia”. He attended the IVth International Bamboo Congress in Bali, 1994. & the Vth International Bamboo Congress in Costa Rica, 1998. He is also working as webmaster and coordinator of a global collective of bamboo enthusiasts & professionals to create a bamboo identification manual (BIM) on the world wide web, this project is currently on hold.

In September, ’99 at the invitation of the International Network of Bamboo & Rattan (INBAR) he took part in the International Workshop on the INBARIS Bamboo & Rattan, Species-Utilization Database held at the Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Kerala, India, followed by a week in Beijing, China at INBAR’s headquarters to work on the re-design of the website.

He has been the president of the Bamboo Society of Australia on and off for a number of years and otherwise serving on the board. At the last AGM he stood down as president to be able to devote more time to the development of the society’s website.
Contact Information

Postal - Earthcare Enterprises, PO Box 500, Maleny, Qld, 4552, Australia
Telephone: 07 5327 4096 International: +61 7 5327 4096

Manager - Hans Erken